Introduction

Use this guide to replace a failed AirPort/Bluetooth card. Note that the the airport antenna cables in the Macbook Air 11.6 inch 2011 model are longer than that of the 2010 model. If you're thinking of an easy swap of screen assembly between these two models, it will not work.

    • Shut down and close your computer. Lay it on a soft surface top-side down.

    • Remove the following ten screws:

      • Two 8 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

      • Eight 2.5 mm 5-point Pentalobe screws

    • The special screwdriver needed to remove the 5-point Pentalobe screws can be found here.

  1. Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop the lower case off the Air.
    • Wedge your fingers between the display and the lower case and pull upward to pop the lower case off the Air.

    • In this step you will disconnect the battery to help avoid shorting out any components during service.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both short sides of the battery connector upward to disconnect it from its socket on the logic board.

    • Bend the battery cable slightly away from the logic board so the connector will not accidentally contact its socket.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry both antenna connectors up from their sockets on the AirPort/Bluetooth card.

    • Remove the single 2.9 mm T5 Torx screw securing the AirPort/Bluetooth card to the logic board.

    • Slightly lift the free end of the AirPort/Bluetooth board and pull it out of its socket on the logic board.

    • To avoid damaging its socket on the logic board, do not excessively lift the free end of the AirPort/Bluetooth card.

    • Remove the AirPort/Bluetooth board from the Air.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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HI, I am an ex mac genius who was a genius at apple for 5 years. Please add the following tip to the above and any mac where the battery has no hard casing. The first thing we had to do was to add a plastic shield over the battery as it is not shielded at all. Any puncture of that battery by a screw or screw driver will cause and explosion of the battery. So please take care to install a plastic shield before working on the mac. Take the back off, install the shield. At apple we had specific shields that fit the batteries exactly. Try to get these or at the very least tape a protective plastic sheild that covers the entire battery before working. If it does explode we had a safe with a bag and some sort of solution in it. Be careful with all macs that have an exposed style battery. They did this to make the computers thinner, but the shield that was removed to make this happen, must be replaced when working on the machines. Thank you.

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